Police arrest 20-year-old suspected kidnapper, recover N8.4m, SMG rifle in Bauchi

The Police Command in Bauchi State says it has arrested a 20-year-old kidnap/armed robbery suspect and recovered the sum of N8.4 million cash from him.

The state’s Commissioner of Police, Umar Sanda, said this while briefing News men on activities of the command in Bauchi on Tuesday.

He said the command arrested the suspect aged 20 years, of Tashan Daudu Soro, Ganjuwa LGA, on Sept. 9, for criminal conspiracy, armed robbery, kidnapping and being in possession of prohibited firearms and ammunition.

He said the following exhibits were recovered in his possession: N8.466,000.00 cash, one Sub Machine Gun, SMG, rifle with 92 live ammunition, one empty magazine, and one 7.62mm caliber of live ammunition.

The Commissioner stated that other exhibits recovered from the suspect included: eight different models of mobile phones, one MP3, one Honda motorcycle and one cutlass.

He said the suspect claimed innocence, and that he was not aware of the exhibits.

He said everything belonged to his boss whom he simply identified as Ibrahim, adding that the boss was taking him out on his motorcycle to work as a pastoralist before the police arrested him.

He recounted how his boss, on sighting the police, pushed him and the motorcycle then took to his heels, saying if he was an accomplice, he would have also fled.

The Police Commissioner also said on Sept. 7, around 4.00 p.m., a patrol team attached to Maina-Maji Divisional Police Headquarters in Alkaleri Local Government Area of the state, killed two kidnap suspects who opened fire on the team while raiding their den.

He said the raid was done in collaboration with a vigilance group, while acting on credible intelligence.

“On arrival, the kidnappers opened fire on the police operatives and while returning fire, two of the kidnappers were neutralised at the spot and one was arrested,” he said.

He also said the suspects were from Gobiya, and Mundu villages of Bogoro Local Government Area of Bauchi State and Dangi Local Government Area of Plateau State.

Exhibits recovered from the suspects included one AK-47 rifle and 29 live ammunition.

Sanda reiterated that the police would not relent and would continue to deliver on its mandate to protect lives and property of the people of Bauchi State by ensuring a peaceful and conducive atmosphere.


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